UN representative praises Cuban preservation of mountain ecosystems

Havana, Mar 21.- Cuba’s mountain ranges are home to some 900,000 people, representing 8% of the population of the island, located in six river basins of national interest.

The country’s project focused on the conservation of mountain ecosystems contributes to the protection of the environment and sustainable development, Myrta Kaulard, representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), stated in Havana.

The official, speaking at a meeting in the Comodoro Hotel, stressed that this is a novel and challenging perspective that includes not only the cooperation of several sectors of the country, but also the participation of human beings as key to the care of flora and fauna.

She emphasized that the initiative is in line with the UNDP’s global strategy for biodiversity and ecosystems in the period 2012 – 2020 and responds to the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines of the Party and the Revolution.

Maira Fernández Zequeira, director of the Institute of Ecology and Systematics, the body promoting the investigation, told ACN that the study will cover sensitive areas in Guaniguanico, Bamburanao, Guamuhaya and Nipe-Sagua-Baracoa, which total about 13 percent of the territory of the country.

She clarified that these areas are home to significant biological diversity, but are occasionally threatened by human activities, which include forest fires, inadequate farming practices and opencast mining.

She added that there are initiatives to reverse this situation, with the country’s approach proposing a new paradigm for safeguarding the environment, since it integrates human beings as part of this context.

She emphasized that the involvement of communities in the project will enable them to learn how to coexist and develop in a sustainable way within these mountainous regions.(Granma)

Radio Cadena Agramonte, March 21, 2015

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